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Jason Collett and Bjorn Baker forge winning combination as they rise through the ranks together

The emerging force of the partnership between jockey Jason Collett and trainer Bjorn Baker will attempt to own their home turf at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

The two former Kiwis have struck a winning combination in the past 12 months that has produced 19 winners  and a further 30 placegetters as they climb the ladder of the Sydney scene.

Collett has become a regular on Baker's horses in the morning, at barrier trials and raceday and the backbone of his Warwick Farm book is from the stable. The pair combine with Ballistica, Goodfella and Egyptian Symbol in back-to-back features on Saturday.

"We are both hungry and are coming through at the same time," Baker said. "When you have someone like Jason to work with, it makes the success you have together more satisfying. He is a good jockey to have on your side."

Collett will ride on Saturday despite having to be stood down after falling at Randwick when he looked the winner on Prahaar on Wednesday.


"There was no warning,  I saw a gap and went to go and then went again and there was nothing I could do," Collett said.

"I wish I could have held on for a couple of strides because he was home, which was even more frustrating. I have a sore hip and neck but everything seems all right and I wouldn't want to miss Saturday.

"It is one of those days where there are horses that, going forward, could end up  in bigger races."

Collett is looking forward to teaming with Egyptian Symbol in the Breeders Classic after her third in the Magic Millions Snippets on the Gold Coast.

"She is a very good mare that has a great turn of foot," he said. "She ran into a group 1 sprinter in Viddora at the Gold Coast but her effort to be on speed and stick on was very good.

"We have drawn a gate on Saturday and it should allow her to be where she is comfortable and there are no Viddoras there.

"She is the kind of mare that gives you a bit of excitement when you ask her to go because she can quicken so fast."

Collett also had to settle for a minor share of the prizemoney as he was runner-up in Pierata's Magic Millions Guineas on Goodfella, which is building a handy record as he heads to the Eskimo Prince Stakes.

"He is just a good tough horse. He should have been a bit closer to the winner at the Gold Coast and has the benefit of that trip behind him.

"While 1200 metres is probably a bit short for him, he is fresh enough to sprint well. I think you will see the best of him at mile and beyond, and he is the sort of horse I want to stick with.

"He will be charging home at the end on Saturday."

Collett will jump on Ballistica, as she made her debut in the Inglis Classic, which the trainer admits is a big ask.

"You want to get this race, but to do it first run in a race is challenging," Baker said. "She has won both her trials and if she takes that to raceday, who knows what she could do."

Collett rode Ballistica in her second trial win at Gosford and was impressed by the feel she gave him.

"Don't look at the time because they walked early, that suited her because she sprinted sharply and handled it so well," he said.

"She has been slow out in both her trials, which is a concern, but from the gate we should be able to get a good position in the run and hopefully she can get a crack at them in straight."  

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